Club faces sanction after player shows Putin shirt ISTANBUL (AP): European football’s governing body charged Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow and one of its players with improper conduct on Wednesday for revealing a picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin on his T-shirt after a politically charged game in Turkey. UEFA rules prohibit political statements at its matches, and the laws of football ban players from revealing images and slogans on underclothing. Lokomotiv player Dmitri Tarasov took off his team shirt to reveal the Putin T-shirt after his team lost to Turkish side Fenerbahce 2-0 in Istanbul on Tuesday in the Europa League. Emblazoned beneath the image of Putin wearing a Russian navy cap were the words in Russian: “The most polite president.” UEFA said its disciplinary panel will judge the case on March 17. Sri Lanka pick Herath in WT20 squad COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP): Star spin bowler Rangana Herath returns to the shortest format of cricket after two years as Sri Lanka chose a mix of experience and youth for their 15-member squad for the World Twenty20 starting next month. Herath hadn’t played in a Twenty20 international since the final of the last edition of World T20 in 2014. Sri Lanka won the title, defeating India in the final. The squad announced yesterday also includes captain Lasith Malinga and his deputy Angelo Mathews, who because of injuries missed a three-match series against India that ended this week. The tournament begins in India on March 8. The squad: Lasith Malinga (captain), Angelo Mathews (vice-captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Niroshan Dickwella, Shehan Jayasuriya, Milinda Siriwardana, Dasun Shanaka, Chamara Kapugedera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dushmantha Chameera, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath and Jeffrey Vandersay.
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QPR defender Grant Hall has been passed fit after a foot injury.Hall, outstanding for Rangers this season, was expected to be out for a few more weeks but has responded well to treatment and is in contention to return for Saturday’s match at Preston.And Rangers have been given a further boost by Jack Robinson playing for their development side in a match against Watford at Harlington, where R’s trialist Eusébio Bancessi scored twice. Meanwhile, holders Chelsea won 1-0 at Blackburn in the first leg of the FA Youth Cup semi-final.Goalkeeper Jamal Blackman has joined Swedish club Ostersunds FK on loan from Chelsea until the end of May.Blackman has become the latest Chelsea youngster to move on loanBlues boss Guus Hiddink has said that he expects Alexandre Pato to stay until the end of the season despite reports suggesting the Brazilian forward’s loan deal could be ended prematurely.Speaking at his pre-match media conference, Hiddink added that Radamel Falcao could play after the international break if he proves his fitness.Hiddink has also praised Saturday’s in-form opponents West Ham and their manager Slaven Bilic.The Hammers will again be without centre-backs James Tomkins and James Collins for the game at Stamford Bridge.Fulham also have some injury problems – they will again be without Alex Kacaniklic and Lasse Vigen Christensen at Birmingham.Christensen has struggled with injuries this seasonHayes & Yeading United have added former Wealdstone skipper Sean Cronin to their squad.Eastcote wheelchair tennis star Andy Lapthorne says his latest doubles victory will stand him in good stead for this year’s Rio Paralympics.And in boxing, George Groves will fight Scotland’s David Brophy at the O2 Arena ahead of Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title challenge against Charles Martin on 9 April.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Japanese ratings agency Rating and Investment Information (R&I) has affirmed South Africa’s foreign currency issuer rating and domestic currency issuer rating at A- and A respectively, while upgrading the ratings outlook for both from negative to stable. Economic growth, government debt “While several factors including completion of investment related to the World Cup are anticipated to slow the growth of investment in public works, the economy is expected to return to a growth track from 2011 onward,” the agency said. “Macroeconomic management continuity has been maintained even through changes of political leadership, and if the economic scenario based on the recovery trend does not go greatly awry, R&I believes the government can sufficiently achieve its projected fiscal deficit reduction plan,” the agency said in a statement this week. Although South Africa’s real GDP growth rate in 2009 was negative due to the global economic crisis, R&I believes the country’s economic growth trend is unaltered, with capital inflows to remain steady even as the global financial environment undergoes adjustments. Given such a fiscal projection, South African government debt will climb as well, with outstanding public debt rising to a peak of about 45% of GDP by the 2015 financial year. “In consideration of such factors, R&I has affirmed both the foreign currency issuer rating and the domestic currency issuer rating, and has returned the rating outlook to stable from negative, where it had been since October 2008.” 30 April 2010 In contrast to the South African government’s forecast of 2.3% GDP growth in 2010, R&I says private sector forecasters expect it to be in the range of 2.5% to 3.5%. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “R&I continues to see whether the government can steadily implement the necessary expenditures, while cutting the budget deficit as envisaged, controlling debt service burdens that are expected to increase.” “One strong point is the fact the debt burden is still light and the government can adopt measures with comparatively broad leeway from a fiscal management perspective,” the agency said. South Africa’s foreign currency short term debts rating has been affirmed at a-1. While reduced revenues from tax collection have lead to a budget deficit equivalent of 7.3% of GDP for the current financial year, a government outlook released in its 2010 budget shows that the size of South Africa’s deficit reduction over the next three years will be comparatively gradual at 2.2% of GDP.
All is not lost yet. Saina Nehwal will have the opportunity to win an Olympic bronze for the country and she needs to get her focus on the match against China’s Wang Xin. The coaches need to talk to her and mentally prepare her for the big occasion. Saina should approach it as a gold medal match.She will have to play to her strengths and not into the hands of the third-ranked Chinese, something which she did against Wang Yihan in the semi-finals.It was a disappointing loss for Saina against the world No.1 Chinese. Saina appeared sluggish and was not patient. She was looking for quick points and made too many judgments that led to errors. Wang is a tall girl and has a good reach. Saina needed to engage her in long rallies, push her back and control the points. But more often Saina tried to match Wang at her speed and game. She should not be making the same mistakes against Xin who is a similar kind of player.Parupalli Kashyap has been pushing the top players for some time now. He has the game and he has improved his fitness. But he has been lacking in temperament towards the closing stages.Now coming to the important issue of fixing in badminton, it was good to see the Badminton World Federation (BWF) finally taking some action. But they should take the blame for allowing this to continue in the game. It is not the players alone, but also the coaches and officials who should be penalised because they are the one pulling the strings.advertisementThe farce played out at the Wembley Stadium in front of the spectators was nothing unusual for the badminton fraternity.The Chinese and Koreans have ruined many tournaments by fixing winners among matches between compatriots. This is one of the reasons why the game has not gained in profile.(The writer is a former national coach and two-time national champion)